We feature those unheralded persons in the parishes committed to selling this publication. We appreciate all who have contributed to this ministry over the years, helping to deliver this paper into the hands of the people in the pews.
Myrtle Tom, St Patrick’s – St Joseph RC, Cedros
Q: How long have you been involved in selling the paper?
I have been helping the past seller for a few years before the Covid-19 pandemic, and for about three and a half years now, I have been a main seller of The Catholic News. I currently deliver papers to all communities and the main church within my parish (five in all).
Q: Why did you get involved?
l got involved because I saw that help was needed. The person who was responsible for selling the paper was unable to do it to the ability that she used to. So, instead of looking for someone new, I took it upon myself as I had already been helping for some time.
Q: What is your approach to encourage people to buy or read the paper in your parish?
The value that I see in selling the paper is in giving service to others in my community and parish. As mentioned before, I deliver papers to all the communities in my parish. This is my way of evangelising and spreading the Good News!
Q: How do you think the paper can be better promoted to Catholic faithful?
I usually speak to them about the importance of reading and learning about their faith using the various columns of the paper. I try my best to encourage parishioners to read the paper and not just buy it for the Liturgy. I think The Catholic News should include more articles about doctrines of the Church. There should be more content geared towards learning and faith formation. There should also be a column answering the frequently asked questions in society.
Q: To be a seller you most probably also read the paper. What are your favourite pages or columns?
My favourite is the Archbishop’s column on the back page because I am always interested in what he has to say.